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MISSOULA - The earthly life of Edna Kinzle Jovin ended Sunday, June 22, 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in a single motor vehicle accident near Dillon.

Edna was born on April 16, 1930, to Wilhelm and Magdalena Kinzle in Rapid City, S.D. She lived with her family in Deer Lodge, attended schools in Ronan and graduated from high school in St. Ignatius.

She married Albert Allison Jovin, Jr., on Jan. 5, 1948. She and Al lived and worked in Alaska, Oregon and various other locations in Montana before settling in Missoula in 1959, at the site of Old Hellgate Village on Mullan Road where they raised their family.

Edna worked for the Missoula Cab Co., the Minute Kitchen, Bud Lake's Village, Hellgate Elementary School and Glacier General Assurance Company. In 1976, she went to work as the administrative assistant for the Montana State Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

During her tenure there, she played a significant and positive role in providing answers and accurate truths to individuals and families and became a dear friend to the many whom she served.

She spent her retirement years, which began in 1992, in Missoula and Escondido, Calif. Edna enjoyed cruises, traveling with her siblings and visiting her children in California and Washington. She had a passion for reading and would always complete the Missoulian's daily crossword puzzle and crypto quote. She was the family's thesaurus. She loved to play cribbage and treasured her pinochle group. She was an excellent cook, sharing the secret family recipes with her children and preparing meals for the groups of friends and family that gathered at her home. She will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives she touched and her spirit will remain in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Al; sons Kurt and Mark; and brothers and their wives, Otto (Lee); Art; Bill (Marilyn) and his former wife June; Ted (Helen); and Fritz.

Survivors include sister Alma of Redding, Calif.; brothers Rueben (Betty), Ole and Sam (Addie) of Missoula; daughters Chris (Randy) Kappes of Lolo and Linda (Randy) Hardy of Snohomish, Wash.; sons Mike (Kellie) Jovin of Valley Center, Calif., David (Kathy) Jovin of Escondido, Calif. and Bob of Missoula; grandchildren, John (Stephanie) Kappes, Scott (Deana) Kappes, Nathan (Heather) Jovin, Lauren Jovin, Adam (Roxanne) Jovin, Anna Jovin, Gene Jovin, Niki Minjares, Allison Jovin-Forbes and Luke Jovin; great-grandchildren, Brennan, Cayden, Evelyn, Eleanor, Katelynn, Gabrielle and Leighton; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and neighbor and friend Valerie Hess.

A celebration of Edna's life will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, 7405 Mullan Road. A reception will follow internment.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Smile Train, www.smiletrain.org and the Missoula Food Bank, www.missoulafoodbank.org.

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